Whenever I tell people that I am a massage therapist, I usually get one of two responses ‘Oh, I really need a massage!’ or ‘My (fill in the blank) gets massages, she/he says they’re great!’. Both responses are absolutely right. Yes, most people really do need a massage. And yes, we all must know someone that has regular massages that swear by them. Would you say both categories of people would benefit from a massage as a Christmas present? I would.
And here’s why…
‘Oh, I really need a massage’ people
• Christmas time can be stressful with present buying, decorating, planning Christmas dinner. Not to mention all of the Christmas concerts, carol services and light switch on events. By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (the system in your body that helps you to relax), massage really can help dissolve all of that Christmas stress.
• December is cold. When it’s cold, our muscles can tense up in an attempt to preserve heat and keep us warm. For most of us, it is our trapezius that tenses up. The trapezius spans from the base of your skull, out towards the edge of your shoulders and down to your mid-back. Sore shoulders? Headaches? Neck tension? Yep, could be your trapezius! Massage can help ease off this tension by stretching out the muscle fibres and, in a nice warm room.
• Sore knees, sore hips, sore hands. Do you notice that your joints get more painful in the cold? Most people do. Massage, focusing on particular problem areas, can increase circulation therefore increase the good stuff to these areas, this encourages healing and can help with pain and inflammation.
‘My (fill in the blank) gets massages, he/she says they’re great!’ people
Your (fill in the blank) is smart. As well as all of the above points, massage can also:
• Stimulate the release of endorphins – your body’s natural painkiller.
• The lymph system is the body’s natural defence system. Massage stimulates this, therefore enhances immunity.
• Massage can reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, and increase the love hormone oxytocin. This can mean an improved mood and reduction in blood pressure.
So, there you have it. I have touched on a few reasons why some of your friends and family members might need a massage and why some might have regular massage.
There are loads more benefits out there so contact me if you want to know whether massage might be able to help you or a family member.
Consider gifting someone with a massage this year. I have vouchers available which can be posted to you or your loved one!